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August 20, 2013

Touchdown catch encourages Escobar that he can contribute, but he realizes Cowboys need him to block, too

Gavin Escobar knows his biggest short-coming right now – blocking. He’s not strong enough yet to be consistently reliable.

Even if he is executing properly, he might still be overwhelmed.

“My technique is getting better, but these are big D-ends I’m blocking now,” the rookie tight end from San Diego State said. “Technique is key. You can block guys bigger and stronger than you, but guys like DeMarcus Ware – they’re pretty big guys. You can have the best technique in the world, and it might not work.”

At least Escobar has something to show for the other side of his game – pass-catching. He caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Alex Tanney last weekend against Arizona, releasing out of the backfield for the catch and then meeting two defenders at the goal line.

He had to be strong there, too.

“I thought it was going to be a lot easier. I thought it was going to be a walk in,” he said. “But these guys are flying out there, so I just went for the pylon.”

But that is where Escobar, the Cowboys’ second-round pick, can be expected to contribute most readily.

“Definitely. I feel like I can contribute in the pass game,” he said. “I’m reliable catching the ball. I think I’m a threat in the red zone with just being a big target. But, you know, in this offense, you need to be able to do it all to be on the field. That’s why I need to keep improving all around.”

Escobar said it helps to watch Witten block, because the methods with the Cowboys are different than in college.

“It’s a lot different, but it’s also a lot more helpful,” he said. “I can actually see how it’s helping me. Not to that say that my technique was bad, but it’s different now. It’s been really helpful being able to see Jason do it. I can see how it helps, and just trying to incorporate it into my game has been helpful.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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